- the skull of a vertebrate.
- the part of the skull that encloses the brain.
Origin of cranium
Examples from the Web for crania
Historical Examples of crania
You have, on the side of your temple, a protuberance, which I have noticed in the crania of inventors.Put Yourself in His Place
They must act, and they must end, according to the influences of their crania.My Novel, Complete
The testimony of these ancient Greek crania is perfectly harmonious.
The shortness and smallness of the crania were very noticeable.The Old World in the New
Edward Alsworth Ross
They must act and they must end, according to the influences of their crania.
- the skull of a vertebrate
- the part of the skull that encloses the brainNontechnical name: brainpan
Word Origin for cranium
1540s, from Medieval Latin cranium, from Greek kranion "skull, upper part of the head," related to kara (poetic kras) "head," from PIE root *ker- "horn, head" (see horn (n.)). Strictly, the bones which enclose the brain.
- The bony case enclosing the brain, excluding the bones of the face; braincase.
- The vertebrate skull, especially the part that encloses and protects the brain.
The part of the skull that encloses the brain.